Skip to comments.The Trite Stuff - Reflections of an ex-president (Classic, priceless Carter bashing)
Posted on 10/11/2002 11:42:58 AM PDT by deadEdited on 04/23/2004 12:04:54 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
No one ever said that democracies are perfect. Whatever one thinks of ours in the 1990s, in the 1970s America was certainly not governed well.
The decade began with the demon-driven Richard Nixon. After he resigned in disgrace, we were led briefly by an outstanding mediocrity, Gerald Ford. Then, from nowhere, came Jimmy Carter, arguably one of the worst presidents of this century and, as we see again in "Living Faith"--his 11th book--an excruciatingly trite thinker whose musings on religion and politics have landed him, this time around, on the bestseller list.
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Just when the Democrats swallowed their America-hating pride and, for wholly political reasons, sided with Bush on Iraq, here comes Norway and the peanut farmer to remind everybody why the Democrats are considered ineffectual and hopelessly lost on foreign affairs.
Thank you Jimmy! Youre the best.
God, kid, Johnson said in a cracked voice, how do you stand it? His face was stiff with outrage. He thinks hes Jesus Christ!
-- Flannery OConnor, The Lame Shall Enter First.
I would recommend that future writers in search of a character to assasinate, please give the Carter years some attention. Nixon was not the Devil he is portrayed to have been. No he was not perfect. Carter however was not perfect either. And he didn't have the positives that Nixon did have.
Carter was, is and always will be a dangerous simpleton that until the day he passes on, will be capable of doing great damage to this nation's interests, and the interests of a stable peaceful world.
Easy. The American public had been force-fed hourly diatribes against Richard Nixon by a media-driven witch hunt. Nixon resigns, his hand-picked Vice President Gerald Ford (who was also on the Warren Commission) pardoned him, much to the chagrine of a populace that had been whipped into a frenzy for political blood. Carter runs a campaign against Ted (Gee, I dunno, I just want to be President) Kennedy, gets the Demo nomination and an angry-at-Gerald-Ford-for-spoiling-the-fun-cause-if-any-of us-had-done-it-we-would-still-be-locked-up public votes him into office.
And regrets it for fricking ever
I remember the misery and embarrassment of the Carter years - the hostage crisis - 23% interest rates - the guy's a buffoon.
But then, this is the same question I ask about the bookstore employees who display books by those former dissidents and even host their author readings but stubbornly remain hard core Communists (although they call themselves "Progressives", of course) throughout. It boggles the mind, doesn't it?! I can't explain it...
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